A Fast Break and An Upcoming Giveaway

I officially broke my fabric fast Thursday night. What had happened was, I lost my seam ripper on Wednesday night. I couldn’t find it anywhere and had given my backup  to my sis a few weeks ago.  I decided it was a good time to finally visit the new local quilt shop, Sew Much for Quilting, that opened up near me in the Goodyear AZ.  I’d previously met Trish the owner, who is also a member  of QA, but I’d never been to the shop.  Well…I couldn’t very well  walk into this HUGE shop, with rows and rows of fabrics and other goodies and ONLY buy a seam ripper!!!  
So…I bought a few yards of fabric, which I know most of y’all will find boring.  I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the store and since I don’t really need fabric, I chose a couple of solids and one w/print for a friend, 2 seam rippers, and some clips that should work for binding (though I’m not sure they were designed for that).   If you are local or visiting the West Valley of Phoenix/Goodyear area and have time to browse an extensive selection of quality fabric and other goods, stop on by Sew Much for Quilting.  They also have a spacious classroom and offer several quilting classes for all levels of quilters. It is  definitely a 1-stop quilt shop!






I can’t remember where/when I first saw this Tessellation Pattern by Alison glass, but it was love at first sight! I absolutely had to have the pattern and ordered it immediately. When I got it and opened it, the excitement faded a little. It’s a paper piecing pattern and I’ve never done paper piecing. It can’t be too hard, right? I found this post encouraging and will follow the sew along when I am ready.  I shall make mine scrappy. 




At this month’s QA meeting a new friend gave me all these wonderful magazines. I just LOVE free stuff!  I’ve added at least 10 more quilts to my To Make list. I’m a maniac maniac oh yeah! 

Outlander Update
Outlander is everything I thought it would be and more! I don’t have cable, but a dear friend subscribed to Starz so  we could watch It.  I’m very grateful and looking forward to watching episodes 2 and 3 this evening. 

My Quilty Updates


As you will see, I have a few tops done and really need to start quilting. 

Red Chevy Crush is pin basted and ready for quilting. I really like how this turned out. I used a strip/bricks technique seen here

Diamonds and Purples quilt top is complete.I won this kit at a QA raffle and a handful of the diamonds were already constructed.  Since I didn’t use setting triangles, I’m thinking about just trimming off the sides and leaving the top and bottom points and making it a quilt w/o binding or a flip or whatever you call it. What do you call it?


























The Summer Star Mini top is finished.  It’s a QITR pattern. 
In other Quilty News

I am the lucky winner of triangles and squares giveaway! Yay me!! Thank you Christine. 



I was planning on visiting my new friend and fellow quilter/blogger Greta of Material Detachment in Iowa this month until I saw the Dream Studio Giveaway.  I read that the AQS Quilt Week is in Des Moines in October, so I’m making plans to visit then.  I’m looking forward to hanging out w/Greta and going to a quilt show in another state! It’ll be a grand time!


And lastly, it’s almost GIVEAWAY time! I’ll be having a giveaway for my blog’s 1st birthday on Aug 29th. I am also working on a scrap buster tutorial.


Stay Tuned and Happy Quilting!


A Thread for Life
Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless you learn to open the door of your life completely and let God in from your first waking moment of each new day, you will be working on the wrong level throughout the day. But if you will swing the door of your life fully open and “pray to your Father who is in the secret place,” every public thing in your life will be marked with the lasting imprint of the presence of God. – Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest

Someone’s Been Bitten by the Quilting Bug!

My sis came to quilting w/me last Saturday. The sisters from church get together every 3rd Saturday to quilt, sew and crochet.  We work on charity and personal projects.  She’d been before, years ago, but didn’t like the experience. She’s a lefty who tries to do everything w/her right hand and cutting w/the rotary cutter was very awkward for her and she just didn’t want to do it again. So I brought her a charm pack to work with.

My Sis

She had a several rows finished by the afternoon but wasn’t thrilled w/the idea of waiting a month to work on it again.
I assured her she could come to my house anytime to sew w/me.  Well, she came over the very next day and said she wanted to take everything home to work on by herself!! I sent her home w/a machine, the manual and most importantly, a seam ripper.

Four days later her very first quilt top was completed!!

She ran into some bobbin issues, but when I wasn’t available when she called, she referred to the manual and YouTube and figured it out! I’m so proud of her! Today she offered to take apart anything I had that needed seam ripping as she’s become very intimate w/the seam ripper. =)

Tonight, I brought her 10″ squares (Layer Cakes) to work on,and already she’s put a another small quilt top together. Yay Sis!!

Next month I’ll show her how to baste a quilt and get her started on stitching in the ditch.

Me and my sis

A Thread for Life
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thes 5:16-18

Happy Quilting!